State analyst: Caltrans could be hugely overstaffed by 3500!

Guv Brown is a very confused man. He claims a surplus while the State Controller says we have a $10 billion cash deficit. He says he wants to keep us safe, yet releases 40,000 criminals back to the streets. Jerry says he is fiscally responsible.

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But, the LAO, which just info4med us that “balanced budget Jerry” is sitting on a $340 billion DEBT, is killing the budget, for a reason.

“Gov. Jerry Brown‘s budget proposal would result in the California Department of Transportation being overstaffed by some 3,500 full-time employees beginning in 2014-15, at a cost of more than $500 million, the Legislative Analyst’s Office wrote in a report released Wednesday.

This appears to be another payoff to the unions. The overstaffed employees will pay union dues! This is about campaign funds, not about our roads. Why isn’t this being reported in the media?

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State analyst: Caltrans could be hugely overstaffed

Allen Young, Sacramento Business Journal, 5/15/15

Gov. Jerry Brown‘s budget proposal would result in the California Department of Transportation being overstaffed by some 3,500 full-time employees beginning in 2014-15, at a cost of more than $500 million, the Legislative Analyst’s Office wrote in a report released Wednesday.

In his revised budget, Brown proposed cutting approximately $27 million from the Caltrans budget, a reduction of about 3 percent. That proposed budget would not nearly go far enough to address the “significant overstaffing” that would occur “absent a significant, unexpected increase in transportation funding for new projects,” wrote the report’s authors.

Other transportation agencies in California receive contracted workers provided by other public agencies or private consultants, which creates accountability between a project’s lead agency and the agency performing the work. But Caltrans performs both roles, “resulting in a lack of separation and the type of contractual arrangement necessary to provide a system of checks and balances,” wrote the LAO.

Furthermore, the Caltrans capital outlay support program lacks a system to correctly evaluate staff performance. Workload and expenditure data provided to the Legislature “contains errors and appears largely unreliable,” wrote the report’s authors.

This fiscal year, the state of California spent $1.8 billion for about 10,000 full-time Caltrans employees. State workers make up about 90 percent of Caltrans staff; the rest are contractors.

The Legislature could reduce the Caltrans budget to cut the excess staff and redirect the money toward California’s infrastructure needs such as repaving highways, suggested the analyst. Lawmakers could also direct the California Transportation Commission to take on new responsibilities around project approval and oversight.

 

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Comments

  1. No wonder half a bridge (SF/OAK eastern span) cost taxpayers $6.4 BILLION dollars was riddled with incompetence, engineering screw ups and took over a DECADE to complete. The day after it opened they began working to retro-fit fixes and so the construction continues.
    When agencies are this incompetent it helps to have layers and layers of insulation in the form of unnecessary employees to hide behind… firing 3,500 sounds like a good start.

  2. Wake up people… You cannot have Unions in any government… Unions are run by their own ‘in house government’. Unions are the embodiment of the Mafia gone legal but they are still the same Thuggery as before and they are run by the same thieves with different names…..
    We have governments at every position imaginable in our society and we have unions another government to interface to the actual working people…. How much bureaucratic overhead do we really need to get anything done….
    Caltrans … just exactly what do these people really do for their feather bedding salaries?? Wake up this system has been out of control for the last 100 years and each year it becomes more stupid.
    Every time you hire a bureaucrat, within 90 days he needs to hire himself two assistant bureaucrats to help him do his job… It is called pushing yourself up the salary ladder and it is the SOP of all government jobs….
    We need to elect that person who is ready to tear down this nightmare of bureaucracy and put all government work out on open contract bids. There should be ‘no actual work’ done by any government employee… and there should never be a union in any public service…..

  3. As we all know by now, “Moon Beam” is a liar of the highest magnitude, rivaling Obama. Similarly, both are a ‘Man With A Plan,
    Masters of Disasters’.

  4. What is the surprise???? there are three guys digging the hole and five supervisors supervising and two individuals standing there learning how to dig

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